15 certificateBlack Books is a Sitcom programme that first aired in 2000 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Black Books is a 5 star programme

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Black Books (2000)

Directed by
Martin Dennis
Graham Linehan
Nick Wood

Take one misanthropic drunkard, add a gormless long haired assistant, sprinkle with a female singleton's nightmare, and cook under a surreal Irishman, for say thirty minutes. The result? A cake so stuffed with laughs, it could be your final meal.

Black Books is one of those programmes that is so good it deserves to be shown to the dead. Apart from the witty swipes at British society, the clever interplay of characters, and a man who does not want to be a good book salesman, Black Books is not that complex. But it doesn't have to be. The plots are razor thin, but Dadaism is the name of the game, and the collaberation of award winning comedian Dylan Moran (the show's main protagonist Bernard Black) and Graham Lineham (you know,Father Ted) sparkles with fantastic writing, and crucially credulous acting.

Yes, Bernard may hate those who give him money, Manny his assistant may mistake wine destined for papal hands for wine with Londis stickers on them, and Fran may have an amourous repitoire of "Look at those breasts", but it all fits. This is a comedy of breath taking mirth, a panacea for the dead man that is British sitcom, but above all, a show that is not afraid to demonstrate the darkness there is at the bottom of a shoe that was once filled with scrambled egg.

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Genre: Sitcom

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2000

5/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK

When is Black Books next on TV?

It's next showing on London Live Tomorrow, 4:00am and on London Live October 23rd, 2:20am. See more...

Main Cast

Image for Dylan MoranDylan Moran...Bernard Black
Image for Bill BaileyBill Bailey...Manny
Image for Tamsin GreigTamsin Greig...Fran
Paul Beech...Abbott, Customer
Image for Nicholas FrostNicholas Frost...Paul, Security System Man
Daisy Campbell...Julie
Ben Homewood...Fourth Customer, Young Monk
Tony Way...Boy, Youth
Image for Omid DjaliliOmid Djalili...Trebor
Nina Conti...Kate
Rose Keegan...Room 2B Occupant
Tony Bluto...Nick Voleur
Terry Bird...Noggsy
Image for Simon PeggSimon Pegg...Evan
Michael Walter...Gus
Mark Donovan...Gregor
Mark Aiken...Ben
Howard Coggins...Bartender
Image for Jessica HynesJessica Hynes...Eva
Johnny Arthur...First Customer